Artist Programs Early Art Practitioners

Early Art Practitioners


Artwork by participants of the 2019 Early Art Practitioners Council & Residency


The Joan Mitchell Foundation is currently offering two pilot programs to better understand and address the needs of visual artists early in their careers, with a focus on practitioners under the age of 26 who are active in their studio practice and seeking a network of peers, critical engagement, and guidance in navigating the field. Artists are identified for these programs and invited to apply through a nomination process.

The Early Art Practitioners Council is a peer-learning experience centered on professional and creative development, through a calendar of convenings to discuss art and career related issues, and collaboratively developed events and networking opportunities. Nine NYC-based artists were selected for 2019, and in addition to the professional development offerings, the artists have access to a shared studio in the Foundation's NYC home office and a materials stipend, culminating in a group exhibition.

The Early Art Practitioners Residency is a studio intensive at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, granted in 2019 to two artists from New York, and two artists from New Orleans. The program offers artists a month-long immersive residency opportunity early in their careers, and takes place concurrently with the Center’s Summer Artists-in-Residence (AIR) season, creating unique opportunities for community building and dialogue with artists from New Orleans and across the US, working in diverse mediums and across career stages. 

Both programs grew out of the Foundation's commitment to understanding and addressing the needs of artists at different career stages, especially those for whom issues of access and inconsistent resources create barriers to achieving their goals. The Early Art Practitioners initiatives were informed by collaborative learning with an Alumni Council of young artists who previously participated in studio art classes offered by the Foundation from 1997 to 2016. To learn more about these programs, contact José Ortiz at [email protected]


2019 Early Art Practitioner Artists-in-Residence
Gabrielle Garcia-Steib
Dillon Gardener
Hakeem Olayinka
Em Minyard Oppman


2019 Early Art Practitioners Council
Nicole Adames
Jah’china De Leon
Lily Fei
Solaris Sapiente
Alannah Sears
Mahnoor Sheikh
Duneska Suannette
Gabrielle Vazquez
Audreamia Wardlow


2018 Early Art Practitioner Artists-in-Residence
Emery Gluck
Henry Lipkis
Alannah Sears
Sada Spence


2018 Alumni Council Members
Luis Cuesta
Darren Dempster
Nicky Draven
Joseph Gonzalez
Amari “Mars” Jones
Megan Pasko
Auden Price-Dillon
Noelani Renderos
Kevin Rijo
Angelica Santiago
Alannah Sears
Sada Spence
Lobsang Tsewang
Nicolas Umpierrez
Jennifer Villa